Auto Product Liability

Car Accidents, Mechanical Defects, and Auto Recalls

Auto product liability is an area of law that melds car accident liability with product liability. In some cases, car accidents are not caused by human error (which is most common) but rather caused by some type of defect or oversight in the vehicle’s design. Lately, GM has been in the spotlight for faulty ignition switches in thousands of its vehicles that resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a similar incident, we invite you to contact our firm to tell us about your case.

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Who are these claims filed against?

Auto product liability claims are filed against the product manufacturer. When claims started to surface surrounding the ignition switch defect accidents, GM took the heat. These types of cases typically involve multiple vehicles, hence multiple claimants. Sometimes claimants will form a class and file a class action lawsuit against a vehicle manufacturer in hopes of securing compensation for harm caused by the defects.

Common Hazards that Prompt Auto Recalls

Any number of things can go wrong when a vehicle is being designed or manufactured. Some common causes for auto recalls are hazards such as:

  • Fire Hazards
    Leaky and misplaced fuel tanks, faulty wiring, and other defects can pose a fire hazard and result in auto recalls.
  • Seatbelt Defects
    Seatbelts can latch improperly or easily become unlatched while a vehicle is in motion. In the event of a faulty seatbelt or seatbelt latch, a vehicle can be recalled.
  • Power Steering / Crash Risk
    Sudden loss of electric power steering poses a serious accident risk to drivers. Somewhat recently, GM recalled 81,000 vehicles for this very defect.
  • Brake Defects
    Faulty brake pads, brake fluid, and other brake components can fail and pose a serious accident risk to drivers.

Defects in Design & Manufacturing Defects

Auto product liability cases usually fall into one of two categories – defects in design and manufacturing defects. The former describes a defect that is inherent in the design of the vehicle or vehicle component, while the latter results in a defect that could have been prevented by perfect manufacturing.

Contacting the Portland Injury Lawyers at Paulson Coletti

If you were involved in an accident you believe was caused by a defective vehicle, contact the Portland auto accident attorneys at Paulson Coletti. We have been voted Best Law Firms by US News in personal injury as well as product liability, and Attorney John Coletti was named “Lawyer of the Year” in product liability cases. Our firm is an authority in these types of cases, so contact us to learn more about how we can help you.